News Catch-up 14 October 2020
Author: Alex White Date Posted:14 October 2020
Hi all. As promised, we are back early this week to catch you all up on some truly excellent releases coming out in the next month or two. So without further ado, let's get to it.
Coming late in November this year is the brand-new edition of Pink Floyd’s Delicate Sound Of Thunder 2020. Originally conducted as the live tour to promote the studio album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, the live album was recorded in New York over five nights in August 1988 and mixed in (where else) Abbey Road Studios. The album was recently remixed, remastered and included in 2019's The Later Years 1987 - 2019. Now, after a few initial delays, we are finally getting a standalone release.
Remixed from the original master tapes, this 3 LP edition contains 9 songs that were not present in the original 1988 release. Along with a 24-page booklet and presented in a die-cut slip case, Delicate Sound Of Thunder 2020 includes the 1987 live concert in all its glory.
As well as the 3 LP version, there is also a 2 CD/DVD/Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition. This edition contains numerous versions of the concert audio including PCM Stereo 96/24 and 48/16, 5.1 DTS Master Audio, and a 5.1 Dolby Digital. Packaged along with a 40-page booklet, a double-sided poster and 5 postcards.
2020 hasn't exactly given us too much to celebrate so far... with the possible exception that this year marks the 30th anniversary of They Might Be Giants’ definitive album Flood. Music On Vinyl are onboard with the festivities by releasing a new edition of the record. Flood was the 3rd album from alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants and is not only regarded as their most recognizable album but is also their biggest-selling. It contained the singles Birdhouse In Your Soul, Istanbul (Not Constantinople) and Twisting. Pressed on icy mint coloured vinyl and limited to 2500 individually numbered copies, this re-release will be out in mid-November. It is available to pre-order here.
Another great celebration is the upcoming Elton John Jewel Box campaign, intended to coincide with the recent Elton John memoir Me.
The main release of the campaign is the Jewel Box 8 CD set, which contains a comprehensive selection of John’s back catalogue.
Discs 1 & 2 titled Deep Cuts contains a selection of John’s personal favourites. The accompanying book includes a track-by-track written commentary for these discs, written by Elton John and (pop rock journalist) Alexis Petridis.
Discs 3, 4 and 5 titled Rarities 1965 – 1971 contains demos recorded from the mid 60’s to early 70’s and contains some of the earliest collaborations between John and his long-time writing partner Bernie Taupin. Many of these recordings have never been released before. Once more, the accompanying book contains commentary by (music journalist) Daryl Easlea.
Discs 6 & 7 titled B Sides 1976 – 2005 is the first ever compilation of Elton John B-sides, some of which have never been available digitally before.
Disc 8 titled And This Is Me… contains songs that are mentioned by name in the updated edition of Me. Closing off this disc in the 2020 Academy Award winning track (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – the duet between Elton John and Taron Egerton.
All 8 discs are contained within a hardcover book, enclosed within a slipcase.
Along with the CD set, there are also individual LP releases that contain the separate sections of the full set. Rarities & B-Sides 3 LP, Deep Cuts 4 LP and And This Is Me 2 LP. The vinyl releases are available to pre-order here, here and here. Oh, and if you’re up for it, you can pre-order a bundle containing all three releases here.
The CD box set is available to pre-order here.
Well, that's it for now, do not worry: there is still so much more coming in the not-too-distant future. Until then, stay safe and keep spinning.
Big musicBy: Bruce Jenkins on 15 October 2020Nice one Alex. That Elton set is a monster! And how incredible that after all these years, yet another Pink Floyd re-issue is so exciting. I fear all Floyd Fans have a bit of Brain Damage*. I know I do. Cheers. * You saw what I did there? :-)